WASHINGTON

Two senators demand stop to force-feeding prisoners

Two leading Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Obama administration to stop force-feeding Guantanamo prisoners on hunger strike.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Dick Durbin of Illinois wrote in letter Wednesday that daily mass feedings should be stopped and that the same safeguards need to be applied as in U.S. prisons when feeding is necessary to keep a detainee from dying.

Just over 100 of the 166 prisoners at Guantanamo have been on a hunger strike for four months to protest their indefinite detention. Forty-four of them are strapped down each day and force-fed liquid nutrients through a nasal tube.

MUSKEGON, Mich.

Police seek driver who fled after dragging kid in stroller

Police in western Michigan are trying to identify a driver who backed into a woman pushing a stroller with her child inside and dragged the stroller a short distance before fleeing.

Police have released video of the stroller being hit and dragged by a minivan in the parking lot of a Muskegon store. They’re working to identify the driver and have released images of him in the store.

The Muskegon Chronicle said the mother had one scraped knee and her 1-year-old son wasn’t injured.

Police say the 18-year-old Muskegon woman was pushing the stroller outside Sam’s Drink All on June 25 when the van backed into her. The video shows the van’s driver stopping only briefly while the mother pulls the boy from the stroller.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.

NASA provides first proof that solar system has a tail

NASA can prove it now. Our solar system has a tail, just like comets.

Scientists revealed images Wednesday showing the tail emanating from the bullet-shaped region of space under the grip of the sun, including the solar system and beyond. The region is known as the heliosphere, thus the name heliotail.

The findings are based on data from by NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX. The Earth-orbiting spacecraft was launched in 2008.

Scientists always presumed the heliosphere had a tail, but this provides the first real data on the shape.

DEAL ISLAND, Md.

Four rescued after clinging to capsized skiff for 5 hours

Maryland Natural Resources Police say four people were rescued after clinging for hours onto a capsized boat off the Chesapeake Bay.

Sgt. Brian Albert told The Daily Times of Salisbury that the boat’s owner, 70-year-old John Riggs of Salisbury, swam to shore wearing a life jacket and alerted authorities about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Albert said five people on a fishing trip were aboard when the boat capsized during a storm in waters near Deal Island, which is southwest of Salisbury, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He said the four boaters clung to the 16-foot Carolina Skiff motorboat about five hours before help arrived.

Searchers from the U.S. Coast Guard and local fire departments and police found the boaters.

— From news service reports